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  • Master of Nursing Program Application Process

    For details about the Master of Nursing program, including admission requirements, visit the Master of Nursing Program.


    Important Dates for September 2022 Intake

    Applications for the September 2022 intake will open on November 1, 2021. We encourage applicants to apply by the early January 15, 2022 deadline in order to be considered for admission and awards. We will continue to accept applications for admission until April 30, 2022.


    School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Online Admissions Application

    Please review important information below prior to submitting your application.

    • If you are a first-time applicant, click Create an Account to begin your application. You will receive a verification code via email. Enter your verification code and create a password for your account. Once account is created, you may save and return to the application at any point in the process.
    • Pay the mandatory application fee through the applicant status portal immediately after submitting your application. Your application will not be processed until the application fee is received.
    • Upload required application checklist materials, including unofficial transcripts, statements of intent, writing samples, and more, through your applicant status portal after paying the application fee.
    • Enter information for referees. Referees will automatically receive a notification email that they have been requested to complete a reference for your application, along with instructions to submit their reference letter in the application system. If you need to change your referees, please contact connect.nursing@utoronto.ca (Subject line: Change referees for new applicant). Please provide your first and last name and U of T applicant number.
    • You may send an email reminder to existing referees through your applicant portal after submitting your application.
    • You may view your application status, including outstanding requirements, by logging in to your account and selecting view applicant status portal.

    To apply for Master of Nursing (MN) program, please visit the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) application.

     


    Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Admission Awards

    Applicants must complete BOTH the SGS Online Admission Application and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Award Application by the January 15th deadline to be considered for admission and awards.


    Admission Interview

    An interview with the Admissions Committee may be required. Should this be the case, we will contact you by email to arrange an in-person interview or if this is not possible, an interview by telephone. Interviews may take place anytime from February through June.


    Announcement

    Details regarding the next NP Paediatric emphasis intake will be provided at a later date.

    For September 2022 intake, applications open November 1, 2021 and close April 30, 2022.

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  • How to prepare my application

    Letter of Intent

    Clinical Field and Health Systems Leadership and Administration (HSLA) Field:

    (1) In 300 words please describe your short and long-term career objectives and how they will be advanced by the MN degree.

    (2) In 300 words please outline any student, professional, or leadership contributions that are important for the Admissions Committee to know about.

    Nurse Practitioner Field:

    (1) In 200 words please describe how your previous health studies and clinical experiences have led you to pursue the NP program and influenced your choice of clinical focus (ie. Adult or Primary Health Care – Global Health).

    (2) In 200 words please describe your short and long-term career objectives and how they will be advanced by the Nurse Practitioner program.

    (3) In 200 words please outline what you hope to gain from your clinical placements.


    Curriculum Vitae

    You will be asked to upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the online application. Please use the categories listed below when you are developing your CV. If a particular heading does not apply, you may leave it out.

    • Academic education (post-secondary degrees, diplomas, certificates)
    • Continuing education (including workshops, professional development)
    • Awards and honours (e.g., practice awards from employing organization, bursaries, scholarships)
    • Professional employment
    • Relevant presentations / publications / research
    • Current membership in professional organizations
    • Committees (e.g., work-related, professional)
    • Clinical / administrative / practice innovations (please provide brief descriptions or examples)
    • Membership in research oriented organizations (please specify role)
    • Relevant volunteer activities

    Field of Study

    You will be asked to indicate the field of study or program you have chosen. You will select one of the following:

    • Health Systems Leadership and Administration;
    • Clinical Nursing;
    • Nurse Practitioner (Adult, Paediatric*, or Primary Health Care – Global Health).

    *Details regarding the next NP Paediatric emphasis intake will be provided at a later date.


    Two Letters of Reference

    Letters of Reference are submitted electronically through the SGS online application. You will need to provide the referees’ email addresses in your application. Please communicate with your referees in advance to confirm their contact information. After you pay the application fee, your referees are contacted by email to complete and submit an online Reference Form.

    1. Academic Reference. Ideally your academic reference will come from a professor/lecturer who taught you and graded your written work during your previous degree and who can speak to your academic abilities. A preceptor or clinical instructor is not an appropriate academic reference.

    If you are unable to obtain an academic reference from a previous professor, you can provide a reference from someone who has taught you in a continuing education course or someone you know professionally who can speak to your academic abilities (e.g., ability to carry out research and analysis, ability to express ideas in writing and orally, potential to master complex theories and ideas). You might approach someone like an advanced practice nurse or a senior figure in the nursing community whom you know through committee work or research work, etc.

    2. Professional Reference. Ideally your reference will come from a supervisor or manager who is familiar with your professional accomplishments (e.g., leadership, contribution to nursing, involvement in professional organizations). A colleague is not an appropriate professional reference.

    If you are unable to obtain a professional reference from supervisor/manager, you can provide a reference from someone you know professionally who can speak to your professional accomplishments (e.g., leadership, contribution to nursing, involvement in professional organizations). You might approach someone like an advanced practice nurse or a senior figure in the nursing community whom you know through committee work or research work, etc.


    Completion of Clinical Hours (NP applicants only)

    Applicants to the NP program must complete a minimum of 3,900 clinical hours as an RN by August 31, prior to beginning the program in September. As part of your application, you will complete a form indicating when and where you completed (or will complete) your clinical hours.

    Considerations Related to Clinical Experience Pre NP Application:

    Each application is reviewed holistically and may demonstrate excellent experience from a variety of perspectives including life experience, volunteering and travel. Looking strictly at prior clinical experience the following may be helpful in regard to ensuring you are prepared as much as possible from an experiential perspective related to RN employment.

    PHC-GH:  Experience in clinical areas that have exposed the applicant to primary health care are optimal. If those experiences expose the applicant to aspects of health such as refugee health, populations with low socioeconomic status, women, children and elderly, and include some care of populations (male and female) across all ages this is helpful. Some suggestions include: community health centres, family health teams, and nurse practitioner led clinics.

    Adult: A broad range of experience caring for adults in a variety of settings is helpful. Generalist settings such as general internal medicine help applicants to gain foundational knowledge of a broad range of disorders to prepare for NP studies. Emergency department experience may be considered helpful depending on the population of focus (should be greater than 50% adult). Care of older adults in settings where the RN has been involved in active care such as RN in long term care is good provided there is also evidence of some experiences obtained with younger clients (adolescent, young adult and middle age) at some point.

    Care of adolescent to old age clients in comprehensive adult care out-patient clinical settings such as cardiac care, oncology, respiratory care and complex continuing care can also be helpful provided the focus of care has not been too specialized. Very specialized tertiary and quaternary care experiences such as trauma ICU are not as helpful unless the applicant has had additional experiences in other settings that are less acute as well.

    Pediatric: The majority of the applicants clinical experiences have been in a setting that includes a good number of paediatric encounters. The broader the setting experiences the better. For example care of babies to adolescents with a variety of health related needs would be considered positively. Very specialized tertiary or quaternary care experience should be balanced out with some less acute care experience if possible.

    For all three groups it is helpful to demonstrate a variety of RN experience but yet not of multiple short durations. Consistency of employment is also considered and the application of someone who has multiple employment experiences for short periods of time might not be considered as favourable an application as someone who has shown some consistency in their employment.

    Applicants with more than the minimal number of clinical experience hours at the time of their application often have more robust clinical applications and may optimally demonstrate the attributes looked for in regard to this aspect of the application simply because they have had more time to develop their RN practice.


    Proof of RN Registration

    In order to be registered in our MN or NP programs, each student must be registered to practice as an RN. You will be asked to upload proof of registration to your application.


    Electronic or Scanned Transcript

    You will be asked to submit both an electronic copy of your transcript as well as an official transcript (paper copy by mail or electronic copy to connect.nursing@utoronto.ca).

    You are required to upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each post secondary institution you have attended to the online application so that we may assess your file immediately. Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and must include the transcript “legend,” which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript.

    Technical Requirements

    • Please scan your transcript in grayscale at the lowest dots per inch (dpi) setting that results in a legible document. We recommend 72 dpi whenever possible.
    • The file must be in PDF format. Image files, such as those in .jpg or .bmp formats, must be converted to PDF before uploading.
    • The file size of each scanned transcript file to be uploaded must not exceed 3 MB.
    • If your transcript is double-sided, please be sure to scan the front and back of each page.
    • The transcript legend (usually printed on the back of a paper transcript) must appear at least once for every scanned transcript submitted.
    • Scanned documents must be clearly legible and print on standard CDN/US 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.
    • Do not upload a document that is password-protected or that contains macros.
    • University of Toronto students may submit a screen capture of their academic history from the Student Web Services page of ACORN in place of a transcript. However, if you have attended multiple institutions, the other universities’ transcripts (with legend) must still be included in the file in chronological order.

    Official Transcript(s)

    You will be asked to submit both an electronic copy of your transcript as well as an official transcript (paper copy or electronic version). In addition to uploading a copy of your transcript, you should also order your transcript(s) from each university you have attended. Transcripts must be received by the Faculty of Nursing in an official envelope that is sealed and signed by the issuing institution across the seal OR by email directly from the issuing institution (send to connect.nursing@utoronto.ca). Only in the case of University of Toronto transcripts, applicants may submit an ACORN print-out of grades rather than an official University of Toronto transcript.


    English Proficiency Test Results

    International applicants must submit a copy of their English proficiency test scores. Applications with unsatisfactory test scores will not be assessed. This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application.


    Award Application

    The Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing has a number of awards for incoming MN students. In order to be considered for Bloomberg MN Admission Awards, applicants must submit both of the following applications by January 15, 2022:

    • the SGS online admission application
    • the supplementary online Bloomberg Nursing award application

    You will be directed to the award application from the SGS application site or you can access it directly from our Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing site.


    Interviews

    An interview with the Admissions Committee may be required. If this is the case, we will contact you by email to arrange for an in-person interview or, if this is not possible, an interview by telephone. Interviews typically take place from February to June.


     

  • How to submit official transcripts or official e-transcripts and other documents required

    U of T Transcripts

    Only in the case of University of Toronto transcripts, applicants may upload and submit an ACORN print-out of grades rather than an official University of Toronto transcript.

    You will be asked to submit both an electronic copy of your grades from ACORN (a print-out or legible screen capture) as well as a hard copy of your grades printed from ACORN. This only applies to University of Toronto transcripts. If you have attended other institutions as well, you will need to submit official transcripts from those institutions.

    You may include a one-page cover letter to support your application if you believe your marks do not reflect your performance due to extenuating circumstances. Please upload the cover letter with your electronic transcript.

    NB: (a) If you have an academic record at the University of Toronto prior to September 1998, you will need to order a U of T transcript as we are unable to access your grades on ACORN. (b) You are required to arrange official transcripts from the School of Continuing Studies (SCS), University of Toronto to be sent directly to the Faculty. The Faculty does not have access to records of the School of Continuing Studies.


    All Other Transcripts

    You will be asked to submit BOTH an electronic copy of your transcript as well as an official transcript (paper copy or electronic copy).

    1. You are required to upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each post secondary institution you have attended to the online application so that we may assess your file immediately. Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and MUST include the transcript “legend,” which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript. You may include a one-page cover letter to support your application if you believe the marks you received do not reflect your performance due to extenuating circumstances. Please upload the cover letter with your electronic transcript.
    2. You should also order your transcript(s) from each university you have attended. Transcripts must be received in an official envelope that is sealed and signed by the issuing institution across the seal OR the issuing institution can email us an e-transcript.

    Please email official e-transcripts to: connect.nursing@utoronto.ca

    Please mail official transcripts to:

    Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    MN Admissions
    155 College Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5T 1P8


    Proof of English Facility

    English proficiency test scores can be submitted directly by the Test Centre to the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto.

    Alternately, test results can be sent directly to:

    Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    MN Admissions
    155 College Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5T 1P8

    Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies website for details around our institutional code number, acceptable tests, and minimum score requirements.


    Additional Documents

    International and internationally-educated applicants may have to submit additional documents such as English translations of academic records and copies of original degree diploma. Please refer to International Students and International Student Resources for details. Additional documents should be sent to:

    Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    MN Admissions
    155 College Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5T 1P8


    How to ensure documents have been received

    References
    You can login to your application to check the status of your references. Once your referee submits his/her recommendation, you will be able to see that it has been received. Remember, it is up to you to ensure that you submit the correct contact information for your referee. It is also up to you to ensure your referee submits his/her recommendation by the application deadline. If you need to change the contact information you entered for your referee(s), please contact us at connect.nursing@utoronto.ca with the correct information and we will be able to make the change.

    Transcripts
    Once we have received your official transcript(s), we will confirm receipt in your application within 48 hours. Login to your SGS application to ensure your transcript has been received.

    Additional documents
    If you submit additional documents such as English Facility results, we will confirm receipt of the documents in your SGS application. Login to your SGS application to ensure receipt.


     

  • Master of Nursing: Frequently Asked Questions

    GPA Calculation

    What is the grade average required to be competitive to enter the MN Program?

    The minimum grade average required is a mid-B (3.0 GPA or 75%) in the final year of study of your BScN. However, the MN program is highly competitive. Most successful applicants have a grade average of at least B+ or higher in the final year.

    I am in my final year of study and grades for my final year will not be available until May. Which courses will be considered for my grade average?

    Completed courses of your most recent year of studies (usually fall term courses of year four, summer courses – if any, and winter courses for your previous year) will be considered for grade average calculation at the time of our admissions review. The Admissions Office will recalculate your final year average when you submit final transcripts with all completed grades.


    References

    Can a TA be considered as an academic referee?

    Usually no. Your academic reference should come from a university professor/lecturer who taught you and graded your written work during your previous degree and who can speak to your academic abilities.

    Can a Preceptor or Clinical Instructor be considered as an academic referee?

    Usually no. Your academic reference should come from a university professor/lecturer who taught you and graded your written work during your previous degree and who can speak to your academic abilities.

    I have been out of school for a while. Can I submit two professional references instead of one academic reference and one professional reference?

    No. You will want to make sure you have at least one referee who can speak to your academic abilities. Ultimately the choice is up to you but, ideally, an academic reference will come from a professor who taught you during your previous degree, even if that was years ago.

    If you request a letter from a former professor, you may want to put together a package of information as that person may need to be reminded of who you are and of your abilities. You might include the following documents:

    • Grades (unofficial transcript is fine)
    • CV
    • Statement of interest (so the referee knows what you’re applying to and what your goal/intent is)
    • Piece of work that the referee has graded

    Do not hesitate to request a letter years after you graduate, but DO provide the referee with information about yourself.

    If you are unable to obtain an academic reference from a previous professor, you can provide a reference from someone who has taught you in a continuing education course or someone you know professionally who can speak to your academic abilities (e.g., ability to carry out research and analysis, ability to express ideas in writing and orally, potential to master complex theories and ideas). You might approach someone like an advanced practice nurse or a senior figure in the nursing community whom you know through committee work or research work, etc.

    Can I submit multiple academic references and professional references?

    Please don’t. Only one academic reference and one professional reference are required. Please work to have the best academic and best professional references rather than multiple references.


    Admission Offers

    When will I be notified whether I am admitted to the program?

    We will start issuing admission offers as early as the end of March until the end of June on an ongoing basis.

    Is there a waiting list? When will students be notified if they are placed on a waiting list?

    Students who have been waitlisted will be notified by the end of June. Waitlisted students will be contacted from July until early September if there are spots available for them.


     

  • How to prepare for entry to the MN program once you have received an offer of admission:

    Accept the Offer of Admission

    You will receive your offer of admission via the Applicant Status page and by mail. To accept your offer of admission, complete the reply form included in your offer of admission and upload it in the Applicant Status page. Alternatively, you can email the reply form to connect.nursing@utoronto.ca. Please include the following information:

    • Subject line: MN program offer of admission reply form
    • Include your first and last name and your U of T student/applicant number in the email

    Pay the Admission Deposit

    Log into the Student Information System (ACORN) using your Join ID credentials to pay the $500 non-refundable admission deposit by June 15. If you receive your offer of admission after June 15, you have four weeks from the date of your offer of admission to pay the deposit.

    Please note that this payment option includes a convenience fee of 2.50% billed directly by Moneris and non-refundable even if you decide not to study at the University of Toronto. For more information, visit Student Accounts.

    It can take 2-3 business days upon receipt of the payment to record the deposit payment in your ACORN account.

    Clear admission condition(s)

    If you receive a conditional offer of admission, condition(s) will be outlined in your offer letter. It is your responsibility to submit all required official document(s) to satisfy admission condition(s) by the due date indicated in your offer of admission. Failure to satisfy condition(s) will jeopardize your entry to the program. Once your condition is cleared, you will receive notification via applicant status portal.

    All official document(s) must be sent electronically directly from your institution to connect.nursing@utoronto.ca. Where electronic document(s) are not available, your institution may mail the document(s) to the address below.

    Admission and Recruitment
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    155 College Street
    Toronto ON M5T 1P8

    Entry to Program Requirements: Synergy

    Every student is required to obtain a Student Preparedness Permit from the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Placement Office prior to starting the program each September. This involves completing and submitting a series of documents (i.e. police record check, immunization, CPR, etc.)

    Synergy provides our students a convenient and secure login-based online system for uploading and storing their documents. Students have the ability to book when their files can be reviewed and check the status of their files 24/7. Synergy offers our students a quick turnaround for assessment of documents and reminders for any upcoming expiry dates.

    Synergy will contact you by directly by email in the spring prior to beginning the program.

    Immunization

    All newly admitted students are required to complete immunization forms before entering the MN program. In order to comply with the Public Hospitals Act, other legislation, and to meet the requirements of the students’ nursing practice placement settings, the immunization forms package must be completed in its entirety. Failure to do so can jeopardize your entry to the MN Program. Please refer to MN Immunization Forms for more information. Updated information and full details will be sent to newly admitted students via email.

    CNO Registration (or CNO equivalent if out of province)

    Each MN student must submit her/his valid CNO registration number to Synergy. Each student must re-submit her/his valid CNO registration number to Synergy on an annual basis.

    If you have been admitted to the MN-NP program and plan to complete your placements outside Ontario, please submit your licensing body’s RN registration details in lieu of a CNO registration number.

    CNO Registration Information

    ACORN

    You can access ACORN as soon as you accept your offer of admission. To log in for the first time, you will need your student/applicant number. For more information, visit ACORN Help. We encourage you to explore ACORN, where you will do many important activities including enrol in courses, monitor your student financial account, print your tuition invoice, and obtain tax documents.

    TCard, UTORid and UTmail+

    Your TCard is your University of Toronto student card and mandatory for many services and activities on-and off-campus. Once you obtain your TCard from the TCard Office, you will need to activate your UTORid and setup your UTmail+.

    Fees, Registration, and Enrolment

    A breakdown of your tuition and supplementary fees for the coming year is typically posted in ACORN in mid to late July. You can login to ACORN to monitor your student account and to print out your tuition invoice, once it is available.

    You are considered registered as soon as you have paid tuition and incidental fees or have requested to register without payment (i.e. fee deferral). For information on registering without payment (i.e. fee deferral), visit the Graduate Fees section of the SGS website.

    Full details on enrolling in courses will be emailed to all students by the Registrar.

    Paying your tuition

    You should login to ACORN and print out your invoice. For instructions on making your tuition payment, consult Student Accounts.

    Orientations

    School of Graduate Studies (SGS): SGS usually holds an orientation session during the first week of September. SGS will email you with full details over the summer.

    All newly admitted MN students: The Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing hosts a half-day orientation session which is usually held during the first week of September. Full details will be emailed to new students over the summer.

    Newly admitted Nurse Practitioner (NP) students: All NP students attend a mandatory residency and orientation which is typically held for the 4 days (Tuesday to Friday from 8am to 6pm) following the Labour Day Monday holiday. Full details will be emailed to NP students over the summer.

  • Bloomberg Nursing fellowships and awards available to graduate students.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    How are Faculty of Nursing admissions awards allocated to students?

    The Faculty of Nursing Admissions Committee assesses incoming student applications and assigns all awards.  Some awards are allocated based on academic achievement or merit, while others are allocated based on financial need.

    For example, half of our ~17 Schulich awards ($9,000 each) are given to students based on merit, and half are allocated based on student financial need.


    What programs are included?

    Incoming full-time Masters of Nursing (including Nurse Practitioner) students are eligible to consider for admission award.  Part-time Post Masters Nurse Practitioner Diploma students are not included in the program.


    What awards are available?

    Complete list of admission awards


    When will I find out how much my admission award is?

    Notice of awards will be communicated in March.


    Are students currently enrolled in the program eligible?

    No.  Only students starting the program in September are eligible for an admission award.


    Are part-time students eligible (e.g., Post Masters Nurse Practitioner Diploma)?

    No.  The award guarantee only applies to incoming full-time students.


    Questions?

    Please contact Angela Ho
    Financial Aid & Awards Officer
    T. (416) 946-8165
    awards.nursing@utoronto.ca

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